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Subject: The Final Scene
So what I get to is that ..eh..your mind is like a marshmallow on a stick?
Subject: So what's the problem here?
OK, so the head-shrinker is a little bit creepy-looking, but what is there really to attack about the rest of the film? Every functioning adult controls his emotions. One post criticizes the fact that the film didn't address every single aspect of anger management. Well, in my opinion, it just about did. Any healthy young person can learn to control himself, and the movie wasn't meant to address those with actual, deeper, treatable problems.
Subject: Quack, Quack.....
After Watching This.....I WANNA KILL SOMETHING!
Christine Hennig -
Subject: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?? YOU THINK I'M GONNA REVIEW THIS STUPID FILM--Oh, sorry...I was out of control there for a minute...
A rather bogus-sounding psychologist lectures us on the benefits of emotional control. His arguments are based on behaviorist theory, but he is seemingly ignorant of the fact that behaviorism, in the simplistic fashion that he uses it, undercuts his arguments because its so mechanistic and deterministic. For instance, he says emotions are based on stimulus-response patterns, hitting his knee at the reflex point to illustrate this. But if emotions were that automatic and involuntary, we wouldnt have any control over them at all. But Ill forgive him for that because he has the coolest audio-visual aids ever: bricks that say RAGE, FEAR, and LOVE, and a big round black piece of cardboard with the word PERSONALITY written on it in plastic letters. These great props would have a place of honor in the Film Ephemera Museum of Quirky Devices, right up there with the wire rack from Speech: Using Your Voice, though I think Id save the RAGE brick to throw at the television screen. Anyway, back to the movie. After his lecture, the psychologist shows us the story of Jeff, a teen who flies into a rage at the least provocation, culminating in almost beating his little brother to death with a coat hangerhis mother stops him, fortunately. This is a tantrum that Joan Crawford would approve of, since he uses a wooden coat hanger, rather than a wire one. The psychologist then steps in and shows us alternate ways Jeff could have handled the situations that made him angry. These are good solutions for the most part, but he gives us no clue as to how somebody with a serious anger control problem like Jeff could simmer his feelings down enough to be able to put these suggestions into practice. This is a typical campy Coronet film that takes a complex psychological problem and makes it seem like it could be solved in the space of a 13-minute film. Which, of course, makes it a great deal of fun and very mstable.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
In this Coronet film about controlling your emotions, it is narrated by one ugly doctor, er, psychologist, er whatever he is (it's not explained). Anyways, with the help of some rather large props he has lying around, we find out that the only 3 emotions we have are Rage, Love and um, another one I can't remember. A case study is presented where a boy is JUST not having the greatest day (he flings the sprinlker around in desperation in one mad scene). The doctor-whatever says that he should try to control his emotions and adopt an aw-shucks attitude. Nothing is explained as to HOW this can be achieved.. (Of course nowadays, maladies such as this can be solved by drugs.. lots and lots of drugs...)